Board of Directors
Kevin currently serves as the Senior Economic Engagement Specialist for City of Peoria. Previously, he spent 3 years as the Director for the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University. During his tenure at the SBDC, Kevin assisted more than 400 business in their startup and growth goals.
Committed to the local community through volunteerism, Kevin has dedicated more than 15 years as a board member to local organizations, including: Peoria Innovation Alliance, Autonomous Mobility Initiative, Richwoods JFL, Mental Health Association of Central Illinois, and The Association for Child Development. He spends much of his time working within Peoria Public Schools as a volunteer and mentor.
A Chicago native, Kevin received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa, and is currently working to complete the MBA program at Bradley University. After beginning his career in financial services in 1987, Kevin founded Snave Trading (a member firm of the Chicago Stock Exchange) in 1990, and shortly after became the managing partner of Snave Partners LTD in 1991.
Upon his departure from Snave Trading in 1996, Kevin continued his work in financial services with the formation of Kevin Evans & Associates, an employee benefits consulting firm. He continued his practice until 2017 when he began working as an Independent Business Advisor for the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University where he was then hired as the Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley in May of 2017.
Kevin is certified as a Business Development Advisor through the Illinois Entrepreneurship & Small Business Growth Association, Illinois Entrepreneurship Network, and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. He also holds certificates from VentureWell, Lean LaunchPad Educator and serves as a Co.Starters Facilitator.